GOLDEN girl Georgia Taylor-Brown can expect a reception fit for an Olympic champion when she returns to Tameside.
For now, though, the thrill of being able to cook her own food is enough.
And no sooner had she won gold in the triathlon mixed relay, to add to the silver medal from the women’s individual event, than thoughts turned to, ‘What next?’
No basking in glory, no putting her feet up after achieving her dream – it was straight back into training.
And if Georgia does come back to her native Droylsden, do not be surprised to see her on the banks of the Ashton Canal.
Speaking exclusively to The Correspondent, the 27-year-old talked about what happened after her success and the path to glory – also her delight at seeing family again, including dad Darryl and mum Beverley.
Not having everything laid on for her, as she and other athletes found in Tokyo, is also a relief.
She said: “Since arriving home, things have actually been really easy. I jumped straight back into training and wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It’s lovely to be home and to get back into a little routine and have all my home comforts.
“And I’m happy I can finally get in the kitchen and cook my own food.
“There have been a few family and friends gatherings which has been really lovely because before leaving for Tokyo we had to isolate ourselves a little to minimise any contact with Covid so it’s been lovely to see people again!”
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, walkers on the Ashton Canal may have actually seen Georgia putting in the miles before working on her cycling skills.
However, that put an end to her trips and she had to stay in her adopted home city of Leeds.
Georgia added: “I used to pop home quite regularly before Covid but haven’t been able to since beginning of last year.
“I enjoy a nice little run along the canal and I really love going to the mountain bike track by the Manchester Velodrome – it’s so much more fun than being on the road.”
With silver already earned, Georgia went one better by winning gold with team-mates Jonny Brownlee, Alex Yee and Jess Learmonth.
That puts her alongside Tameside’s sporting greats, including football World Cup winners Sir Geoff Hurst, Jimmy Armfield and Simone Perrotta.
Her gold appears to be the first won by a Tameside athlete since the start of the 20th century when George Wilkinson from Hyde, a member of Hyde Seal, was part of the Great Britain teams that won the water polo tournaments at London in 1908 and Stockholm in 1912 when he was captain.
Speaking after winning gold, Georgia added: “I don’t think the silver medal added any pressure. I was just really excited.
“I was just happy to be back at the race site and ready to go and we all want to inspire. Hopefully we can do that for the next generation.”
Tameside Council is considering how to honour Georgia’s achievement, with a decision to come in the coming weeks.
And leader, Cllr Brenda Warrington, said: “All of us at Tameside Council are delighted by Georgia’s achievements.
“Her Olympic gold and silver medals put her right up there with the borough’s other sporting heroes such as Sir Geoff Hurst and Ron Hill.
“Although Georgia moved to Leeds when she started at university, her hard-earned success began in Tameside where we cater so well for all sports but especially the triathlon disciplines of running, cycling and most especially swimming.
“On behalf of Tameside Council, and indeed the whole borough, I would like to offer Georgia my heartiest congratulations and we look forward to recognising her achievements further when she returns home.”